Ch.Montrose 1989 (Dirty Label) 750ml
France, Bordeaux, Medoc, Saint-Estephe
Bordeaux Blend Red
Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale (Parker Points®). While ratings may influence your decision, the ultimate judgment is your palate.
96 - 100
An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90 - 95
An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 - 89
A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 - 79
An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 - 69
A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 - 59
A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
Like a tortoise, the 1989 has finally begun to rival and possibly eclipse its long-time younger sibling, the 1990. The wine is absolutely spectacular and in auction sells for a much lower premium than the 1990. That should change. This is a magnificent Montrose, showing notes of loamy soil undertones, intermixed with forest floor, blueberry and blackberry liqueur and spring flowers. It has a full-bodied, intense, concentrated mouthfeel that is every bit as majestic as the 1990, but possibly slightly fresher and more delineated. This great wine should drink well for another 40-50 years.
Montrose's wine is typically a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and is matured in oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months.
Montrose wines are traditionally deeply coloured, austere and powerful when young, yet possess superb ageing potential, and when mature are quintessential St.Estèphe clarets.
Montrose is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé.